Definition of caducous in English:



  • (of an organ or part) easily detached and shed at an early stage.

    • ‘In the poppy family, the sepals are caducous.’
    • ‘He states that the verification of the occurrence of bracteoles could be useful, because there is a tendency to use ‘absent’ for ‘caducous’, which could lead to erroneous conclusions.’
    • ‘Reproduction and dispersion are doubtless accomplished by the caducous branchlets.’
    • ‘It had aseptate hyphae and sporangia were papillate, both caducous and non-caducous, and their shape ranged from ovoid to elongate and distorted.’
    • ‘The caducous trees prevail, such as ñire, lenga, rauli and pellín oak, although there are also perennial trees such as cypress, and canas, rushes, etc.’


Late 17th century (in the sense epileptic): from Latin caducus liable to fall (from cadere to fall) + -ous.